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World’s most powerful tidal turbine launches in Dundee

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What looks set to be the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine was launched on Earth Day, Thursday 22 April, from the port of Dundee. The 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, has been under construction since 2019 and it was developed by Scottish firm Orbital Marine Power (Orbital).

Prototype LED demonstrates blue-light reduction without colour compromise

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Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which has been linked to eye troubles, sleep disturbances and disrupted circadian rhythms in humans and animals.

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First of its kind study examines the impact of ocean noise pollution on Ireland’s marine life

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Ireland’s first real-time acoustic monitoring project of cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoise) was launched last week off the South Coast of Ireland, with the goal of creating a near real-time detection model for these species and examining the impact rising ocean noise pollution is having on Ireland’s marine life.

Salty reception

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Plans by Southern Water to build a £600 million desalination plant in the New Forest have come under fire from conservationists and other local groups. The proposed plant is to be built on land near the utility’s wastewater treatment works at Ashlett Creek, near Fawley in Hampshire.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Retask the mask

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A scheme to recycle single-use facemasks into waste collection equipment has been launched in the UK. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, a local authority is promoting reusable facemasks.

Unlocking the soil microbiome

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How are data science techniques helping us better understand the microbial universe of the soil?

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Microplastics from textiles damage lung cells, finds study

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Microplastics from textiles may inhibit the lung’s ability to repair damage caused by conditions such as COVID-19, according to research findings released on 24 February.

World’s first dedicated clean hydrogen investment fund launches

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Hydrogen fuel dispenser at a transport refueling station in Aachen, Germany in January 2020 (image credit: Alexander Kirch / Shutterstock.com). A unique private infrastructure fund dedicated to delivering clean hydrogen infrastructure projects at scale has been launched.

Fitting sails and slowing down could cut shipping emissions by up to 40%, says IMechE report

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Computer-generated image of a ship retro-fitted with sails (image credit: Smart Green Shipping). Fitting sails to cargo ships and sailing more slowly could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry by up to 40% or possibly more as technologies improve, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

AI successfully detects blockage formations for Wessex Water

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Air pollution risks health of all, especially drivers, says TfL report

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Photo credit: Yuri Turkov/Shutterstock.com. The Mayor of London has today published a report on the impact of coronavirus on London bus drivers. Green Party London Assembly Member Caroline Russell said: “I was really concerned to see today’s worrying report on bus driver deaths from coronavirus.

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Report says smart lampposts can assist Covid response and recovery

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A new generation of smart lampposts that can read body temperatures and detect overcrowding could stop the spread of Covid-19 and regenerate cities, according to a new report.

Ammonia removal technology selected for Scottish site

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Technology from wastewater treatment specialist WPL has been selected by Scottish Water to deliver enhanced ammonia removal at a village treatment works.

How to get salt out of water: Make it self-eject

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When the researchers began studying the way salts crystallize on certain surfaces, they found that the process repeatedly produced predictable multi-legged shapes.

Measuring the Moon’s nano dust is no small matter

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Image credit: Gustaaf Prins , CC BY 2.0 license.

$357k funding progresses US lithium-ion battery recycling initiative

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(Image credit: Parilov/Shutterstock.com). Team Portables, a consortium for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) recycling incentivization, has received Phase II funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize.

Over half of UK manufacturers seemingly on target to achieve net zero goals

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Research reveals manufacturing sector as one of the best prepared to meet 2050 UK Net Zero targets with 57 per cent of businesses having a strategy to reduce their carbon footprint.

Solar-powered computers to accelerate digital literacy in Madagascar

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A new partnership aims to deliver solar-powered computers to 10,000 children a year across schools in Madagascar and East Africa. The computers will go to schools that do not have access to reliable power, helping to reduce a gulf in digital literacy arising from a lack of energy access.

Act now to secure the UK’s critical materials supply, says report

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The workshop of a rare earth production enterprise in Jiangxi province, central China. China is the largest source of rare earth imports to the US and Europe (image credit: humphery/Shutterstock.com).

£1.3 million of new funding for net zero-driven energy data application winners

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Close to £1.3 million of new funding across nine new digital energy data projects has been announced by UK Research & Innovataion (UKRI).

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Business rates are an unacceptable threat for anaerobic digestion operators, say industry leaders

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And they will affect the UK’s ability to meet its Net Zero targets.

Ocean-dumping for Fukushima wastewater: Japan’s complex decision remains contentious

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An IAEA mission leader inspects tanks containing contaminated water on the site in 2015 (image credit: IAEA Imagebank , CC BY-SA 2.0 licence ). Japan has ended years of speculation over the fate of radioactive wastewater stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant since the 2011 disaster.

Advisory group reminds Scots to recycle old batteries

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Shops that sell large volumes of batteries have to provide a battery recycling collection. So next time you’re in the supermarket look out for a collection point, says ZWS.

Legal challenge to exclusion of waste incinerators from post-Brexit emissions trading scheme

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Newhaven waste incinerator, East Sussex. A legal challenge has been issued to the Government’s decision to exclude municipal waste incinerators from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme – the replacement for the existing EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to come into effect after the UK leaves the EU.

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Report reveals hypocrisy of world’s biggest plastic polluters

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A new report from advocacy group The Changing Markets Foundation appears to reveal how, behind a veil of nice-sounding initiatives and commitments to address the plastics crisis – the plastics industry, consumer brands and retailers have obstructed and undermined proven legislative solutions to the crisis for decades.

“Global warming won’t wait until 2050,” says European science advisory group

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Cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Saxony, Germany. “We We cannot rely on linear developments and a steady energy transition over the next 30 years to 2050,” according to William Gillett, Energy Programme Director of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

Water documentary to screen on Netflix in October

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A powerful documentary that aims to drive positive change in water is set to reach a global audience of millions.

80% of oil workers considering career impacts of climate change

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New study shows half in oil and gas have considered new role in renewable energy industry – or are already diversifying into it. Eight in ten Scots oil workers have considered that their careers could be impacted by actions being taken to tackle climate change, new research suggests.

Surface water management crucial in preventing potholes

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In response to the spiralling cost of fixing potholes across the UK road network, ACO Water Management has stressed the key role of effective surface water management in addressing the issue at source. A recent survey has found that almost 1.7

Researchers add detail to understanding how micro- and nanoplastics move through the environment

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Artist Maarten Vanden Eynde discusses microplastics and nanoplastics, and the challenge they present with ocean pollution, at a 2017 event, Biotalk (image credit: FotoMediamatic , CC BY-NC 2.0 license ).

IoT expedites leak detection

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Y orkshire Water and partners are nearing completion of the deployment of almost 4000 acoustic, flow, pressure and water quality monitors in what is said to be the UK’s largest smart water network pilot.

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Feasibility study will examine plastics circularity in Nigeria

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A new study will examine the feasibility of advancing fully circular value chains in Nigeria, to help close the loop on plastics waste.

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“Water shutoff ban saves lives”, says US research

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Research highlighted at a recent water industry webinar appears to show that nearly half a million Covid-19 infections could have been prevented in the US alone if there had been a nationwide ban on water shutoffs.

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Urgent action on carbon measurement needed, according to academic group

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Unreliable data is responsible for variances of up to 2000% in forecasting carbon usage, prompting an urgent call for common data standards, reporting structures and changes in asset design.

Is wind energy the future for meeting UK business energy requirements?

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Lucy Victoria Desai, a writer for Northern Powergrid who specialises in sustainability, business, and innovation, appraises the potential and practicalities of wind energy.

Comment: Tesla trucks alone will not save the transport industry

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Phill Davies, Co-Founder of Magway, a UK firm behind a new form of e-commerce and freight delivery system, believes the transition to electric vehicles won’t be enough to secure needed emissions reductions for sectors such as logistics, and offers a few thoughts on alternative approaches.

Victorian-era aqueduct upgrade completed in Central Scotland

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A major upgrade to the Katrine Aqueduct, which was built in Victorian times and serves more than 1.3 million people in parts of Greater Glasgow and the Scottish central belt, has been completed, according to Scottish Water.

Waste concrete to be repurposed into public furniture using additive manufacturing

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Waste concrete from demolished buildings is to be reinvented and made into new custom-made outdoor memorials and public garden furniture with the help of 3D printing, in a new £6m project.

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New water toxicity-testing technology ready to scale down for field use

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A new nanotechnology process developed by Oxford University research scientists has seemingly been proven to simplify and reduce the cost of testing water for chemical pollution and toxicity levels.

Property industry likely to be breaking the law by failing to disclose air pollution levels

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Image credit: Alex Segre/Shutterstock. Explosive new QC legal opinion suggests estate agents, property websites, surveyors and conveyancers are now legally obliged to inform prospective buyers and renters of air pollution levels.

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Osmotic energy firm secures €5.2m funding for prototype

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An image of the Mississippi River Delta: Osmotic energy exploits the power made available when water regions with differing salt concentrations meet (image credit: European Space Agency). A firm developing a technology to harness “osmotic energy” has secured 5.2